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How to maintain holiday plants

How to maintain holiday plants
So you received beautiful plants for the holidays now how do you make them last into the new year?



Buying rural property? Consider these safety issues

Buying rural property? Consider these safety issues
If you’re considering buying rural land for your dream home or weekend getaways, make sure you take a second look at the land and research the property as much as possible.



Benefit-rich broccoli is for more than just steaming

Benefit-rich broccoli is for more than just steaming
You can boil, puree, steam or stir-fry it, because broccoli is both beneficial and versatile.



Grandma’s Egg Custard Pie

Grandma’s Egg Custard Pie
This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.

Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.



Smithfield Ham and Sweet Potato Pancakes

Smithfield Ham and Sweet Potato Pancakes
This recipe was prepared by Chef John Maxwell on Real Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau’s weekly television program.

Maxwell, a certified executive chef, culinary educator and member of the American Academy of Chefs, shares delicious seasonal recipes in a Real Virginia segment sponsored by Virginia Grown, a program of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.



Relieve boxwoods of winter’s wear and tear

Relieve boxwoods of winter’s wear and tear
Boxwood trees are great foundation plants and also can be used for privacy screening, but they are susceptible to winter storm damage, said horticulturalist Mark Viette.



Va. dairy farmers helping food-insecure households

Va. dairy farmers helping food-insecure households
The state’s first milk purchase program to benefit food-insecure families was announced Dec. 5 at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, located in the heart of dairy country.



Soggy fields have led to ongoing harvest in 2018

Soggy fields have led to ongoing harvest in 2018
Most Virginia row crops typically are harvested by Thanksgiving, but a record rainy spring and summer has led to one of the longest harvest seasons in recent memory.



Don't let a chimney fire cancel out savings on heat

Don't let a chimney fire cancel out savings on heat

Wood-burning is a popular way to save money and effectively heat your home when the cost of fuel continues to increase. But with more people burning wood, the risks of home fires are expected to increase as well.




Fruited Irish Oatmeal

Fruited Irish Oatmeal
This hearty winter breakfast has whole grains from the oats, lots of vitamins and antioxidants from the fruits and good fat from the nuts. It's not only healthy. It's tasty, too!



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